Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Judaism A festival celebrating the Law of Moses and the completion of the year's cycle and subsequent new beginning, observed on the 22nd or 23rd day of Tishri.

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  • n. (Judaism) a Jewish holy day celebrated on the 22nd or 23rd of Tishri to celebrate the completion of the annual cycle of readings of the Torah

Etymologies

Hebrew śimḥat tôrâ, rejoicing in the Torah, Simchat Torah : śimḥâ, joy (from śāmēaḥ, to rejoice; see śmḫ in Semitic roots) + tôrâ, torah; see Torah.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Mr. KAPLAN: ... which is a-- one for a holy day called Simchat Torah, which is your -- just like a ...

    Techno Fusion from Balkan Beat Box

  • Sandwiched between the Yom Kippur break-fasts and the Jewish geography competition known as Simchat Torah is Sukkot.

    MY URBAN KVETCH

  • Then the day after Sukkot ends you have yet another holiday and that is Simchat Torah which is a more fun day for boys than for girls, sadly, as they get to dance about with the Torah scrolls.

    English-writing Israeli-bloggers

  • As Jews around the world gather to celebrate Simchat Torah next week—the raucous holiday marking the completion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings—I am reminded of one of the more curious practices among Soviet Jews in the final decades of the Communist regime.

    A Miraculous Post-Soviet Religious Revival

  • Finally, and at long last, Simchat Torah, where we start reading the Torah from the beginning.

    Anita Diamant: Let Us Begin: Celebrating the Mikveh Water's Power to Renew

  • We had dinner at my grandparents 'every Friday night to welcome the Sabbath, we celebrated all the Jewish holidays there from Yom Kippur to Simchat Torah, and we appeared on their doorstep each year for the viewing of The Wizard of Oz. The once-a-year broadcast had all the earmarks of a Jewish celebration.

    Danny Miller: Schlepping Over the Rainbow

  • Focusing on the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah, celebrated this past Thursday evening and Friday, the editorial reflects the tensions inherent in reconciling the two religion clauses of the First Amendment.

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • While I am willing to give my students some leeway to accommodate their religious beliefs and practices I will, for example, happily reschedule exams and assignments around Pesach and even Simchat Torah, I am unwilling to modify the contents of the class so they can avoid or ignore information that they find personally troubling.

    My students have delicate souls.

  • And no more games for the three of us until Simchat Torah or beyond.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • And next year, Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, a gay-friendly synagogue in New York, expects to publish an updated version of its own prayer book that does away with liturgy that, they worry, appears to privilege heterosexual marriage.

    People of the Book(s)

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